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High Plains Ranch Practicum returning for 2010-2011

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – The High Plains Ranch Practicum, a national award-winning livestock extension program, will once again be offered this spring, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension said in a joint announcement.

The High Plains Ranch Practicum is an eight-day, five-session, hands-on educational program designed to give participants the skills and application of management tools needed to be successful in today’s complex ranching industry.

The High Plains Ranch Practicum will begin in June 2010 and conclude in January 2011. Sessions will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff, Neb., and at the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension’s 3,400-acre Sustainable Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SAREC) located near Lingle, Wyo.

The course will focus on providing ranchers with tools to understand and integrate four areas of ranch management: range and forage resources, range beef cow production, unit cost of production, and risk management. Ranchers who are able to integrate these four areas into decision-making will find that they can use a systems approach to improve the sustainability of the ranch operation, according to Aaron Berger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator who is one of the instructors for the practicum.

Participants will also benefit from instruction and current research in range livestock production, financial management, and marketing systems from nationally recognized experts.

Dallas Mount, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Educator states that attendees will enjoy the camaraderie with other participants, instructors and facilitators throughout the three seasons of the Practicum. Friendships and exchanges of ideas among participants will be some of the most-valued aspects of the program. High-quality educational materials are used in the program and include software, notebooks with laminated field guides, and an outstanding collection of university publications.

The High Plains Ranch Practicum is limited to 35 participants. Participants must submit a simple application form by May 1, 2010.

For additional information, or to obtain an application, please contact either: Aaron Berger (308) 235-3122 or aberger2@unl.edu or Dallas Mount (307) 322-3667 or dmount@uwyo.edu Or visit us on the web at http://HPRanchPracticum.com


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